Make your own wedding rings at Rosalyn\'s Emporium.


I don't have any experience making jewellery. Can I still do it? 

Yes!  The experience day is aimed at complete beginners. All of the techniques you will be taught are simple, using hand tools such as pliers, hammers & files.  

Everything will be demonstrated first on a silver sample ring which you can then practise on prior to working on your wedding rings.  
If you are not confident about a certain aspect I will happily do it for you.  

Your wedding rings will be professionally finished to a high standard & you can do as little or as much as you feel comfortable doing.

I don't know what style of wedding ring I want - where do I start?  

​The choice of wedding rings is almost endless so some common terms below will help you narrow down the options.

D-Shape rounded on the outside & flat on the inside.  A more conventional classic style of wedding ring. Usually available in widths from 2mm - 8mm.  

Court Fit is gently rounded on the inside & outside. Usually available in different widths from 2mm - 8mm. 

Flat Court  is flat on the outside & rounded on the inside. Comfortable to wear with a modern finish. Very popular for groom's who have not worn rings before & want something unobtrusive that they can enjoy wearing. Usually available in widths from 2mm - 8mm.  

Shaped / Wishbone a curve or V-shape bend can be added in to the wedding ring so that it sits beside the engagement ring.  Often used if the engagement ring setting is lower in the ring band so a wedding ring can not sit straight against it, or for twisted / shaped engagement rings. Generally no more than 3mm wide if sitting alongside another ring but the width can vary at different points of the ring to balance well with the engagement ring. 

Flat is quite simply flat on the inside & outside. Different thicknesses from 1mm - 2mm can be used to add weight & strength to a simple band.  Minimum width 3mm or more in most metals.  Maximum width approximately 8-10mm for comfort but could be wider if you wish. 

Diamond Cut Engraving 
reflects light & can give the illusion of stones flashing when the ring is moved. The cuts can be varied depth, patterns & styles depending on what look you want. 

Texture your wedding rings using hammers. These add unique finishes & a handmade quality that you can't find elsewhere. 

Stone Set wedding rings can be beautiful next to an engagement ring or provide a solution if you only want one ring but do not want to miss out on the sparkle. You don't have to choose diamonds either. Other hard wearing stones ideal for wedding rings are sapphires. They come in many colours including clear so can be a good substitute for diamonds if you need to keep the budget reasonable. Rubies & emeralds are also hard wearing. 

Two or Three Colour rings combine yellow, white or rose gold. If you want to match an existing engagement ring but also like wearing different colour metal watches, jewellery or to match your partner's choice if different to yours, a two or three colour wedding ring could be the solution.  

Mixed Metal generally describes the use of yellow or rose gold combined with silver instead of white gold to reduce the cost but still achieve a two or three colour look. The ring can still be hallmarked because they are both precious metals but will be primarily marked with a silver hallmark & then with a secondary smaller gold fineness mark. 

Bridal Set  there is a huge trend for diamond bridal sets when you purchase an engagement ring & matching band at the same time. The matching band is often worn straight away which leaves the question of what to use as a wedding ring.  A simple, plain, made to measure wedding band is the perfect solution to balance out all those diamonds. You can still take part in the experience day if you have a bridal set engagement ring.

Polished / Satin Finish  are terms referring to the final appearance of the rings.  Polished is shiny & satin is a mat finish. A ring can be one finish all over or a combination to highlight different colour metals, shapes or sections in order to create interest.

Recycled  if you have existing jewellery I can melt & reform it to be used as part or all of your new wedding rings. Existing stones can be reused too. 

Can I have stones set in my wedding ring? 

Yes, but stone setting is a specialist skill so not something that I can teach you during the wedding ring experience day.  

You make the plain wedding rings during the experience day & then stones will be set afterwards by my setter in Hatton Garden to ensure the best possible finish. If required I can seek advice from the setter with regards to unusual setting styles before we commence making wedding rings.  

We only need one wedding ring. Can we still attend? 

​Yes. In the event that only one wedding ring is to be made you can still both come & share the experience together. 
You could make a token silver ring to share the making experience & you will have the silver sample ring to practise on too.  

You could also choose to use the time to make bridal party gifts whilst your partner makes a wedding ring. 

You would still be charged for a full experience day but only be charged materials for the one wedding ring or bridal party gifts.   

I don't know my finger size. Can I change the ring afterwards?  

Yes. within reason. During your consultation meeting I will take your finger measurements to ensure an accurate starting point.
Throughout the experience day itself we can check your wedding ring at each stage to ensure it fits perfectly & is comfortable to wear. The wedding rings will literally be tailor made for you & we can account for any finger shape & size. 

Fingers do change size for different reasons such as temperature, pregnancy, losing or gaining weight. These are mostly temporary. If you think your wedding ring does not fit or is uncomfortable after wearing it for at least 6 months I will happily change the size of any gold or silver wedding rings free of charge within two sizes of the original wedding ring. More significant changes may incur additional charges for my time or additional gold or silver required. Adjustments will be quoted on & payment required in advance of the alterations taking place. 

Changes to Platinum or Palladium wedding rings may incur a small charge depending on the changes required.

In the unlikely event you change your mind completely & materials have already been ordered for you, the initial
50% deposit is unfortunately non-refundable. If the deposit does not fully cover the cost of the materials purchased for you I will invoice you for the remaining amount. This will be payable immediately. 

Ideally we will work together to find a solution & may be able to make adjustments to suit your change of mind. 

Can I recycle gold jewellery to make my wedding ring? 

Yes you can. Due to popular demand I have now found an expert who can melt down & reform existing, hallmarked gold to be used again. Stones can be removed & reset in your new wedding rings too. 

The recyled gold can be made into wire or sheet form & used in whole or part to make something new. There are some restrictions on shape & size for the reformed gold due to the way it is made but still plenty of options to choose from. 

The jewellery to be recycled must be hallmarked so I know that it will not contaminate other gold it is potentially mixed with & will pass UK hallmarking standards. 

Please contact me for more details. This is a lovely way to make use of jewellery with particular sentimental meaning & recreate something that you will love & perhaps pass on to future generations.

I can also arrange for your unwanted jewellery to be recycled at my bullion dealers & charge an admin fee & special delivery postage charge for this. You will recieve the remaining amount or can put this towards your experience day or commission. 

I don't know anything about precious metals, help! 

Gold is the most popular choice for wedding rings. However there is now a wealth of other metals available on the high street. These cater for different budgets & styles. 

My workshop is equipped to work with gold & silver at present.  

If you require a platinum or palladium wedding ring you can make a silver version during the experience day. I will send the silver ring to be cast in your chosen metal. The cast platinum or palladium ring will be an exact replica of the silver ring you made. 

Gold: In its natural state, gold is a yellowy, red colour. Pure gold is very expensive & soft so not ideal for making jewellery that is to be worn every day.

To make it stronger & also to change the original colour it is mixed with different amounts of alloys e.g. copper, zinc, silver or cobalt. 

9ct Gold is the lowest amount of pure gold vs alloy metals that can be called 'gold' in the UK. 
18ct Gold has less alloys mixed with it & is more valuable due to the higher pure gold content. It is softer so will wear more over time then 9ct Gold. 

Gold can be purchased in 9ct, 18ct, yellow, white or rose colours.  
22ct is available in selected styles only & is not ideal for something you wear every day. 

Rhodium Plating: Rhodium is a metal found in platinum ores. It is the most expensive metal & is a bright silver white colour.  
White gold on its own can be a bit dull so it is often rhodium plated, particularly if the item is diamond set. The plating will wear off over time but can be replaced again & again. Rhodium plating can be white or black.

Sterling Silver: Standard sterling silver contains 92.5% weight of silver & 7.5% of other alloys, usually copper. The combination of silver & copper gives the metal strength to be made into items worn or used frequently. Pure silver would be too soft to use.

Platinum: Is a noble, rare metal, more valuable than gold. It is hypoallergenic, hard-wearing & a silvery white colour. Rather than scratch like gold, it will matt down over time producing a satin finish.   

Palladium: Is a more affordable member of the platinum family. It shares the same properties & colour as platinum. Like gold, palladium can be mixed with other alloys to make it more cost-effective. Palladium 500 is the cheaper form & has 50% palladium & 50% alloys. Palladium 950 is 95% palladium & 5% alloys. 

We don't want the same metal type. Is that OK?

Yes, the beauty of making your own rings is they can reflect your individual tastes.  

If you are matching a wedding ring to an engagement ring I would advise you to choose the same metal so they don't wear against each other. If you have an 18ct Gold engagement ring you would be better off with an 18ct Gold wedding ring.  A 9ct Gold wedding ring is a harder metal & over time will wear down the engagement ring. 

If you do decide on a different metal to your partner you could still have something common to both such as a texture or finish, or engrave a message inside.  

Can our children be involved making our wedding rings?

During the making process we use many sharp & potentially dangerous tools. For this reason children are generally not allowed to take part in or attend the experience day.

However, if this is very important to you, there may be some aspects that they can join in with such as buffing, texturing with hammers & personalising with metal stamps.  

My recommendation is to only allow children over 12 years old to attend experience days unless you believe they are responsible enough to attend. You will be liable for their behaviour & they must adhere to the health & safety advice at all times.  

Why do you have to hallmark our wedding rings? 

A hallmark is a guarantee that you are being sold something as advertised to you.  

Precious metals are mixed with alloy metals to change colour or make them more durable. Metals can look the same even to a trained jeweller. Base metals can be plated in a precious metal. It is difficult to identify what you are being sold unless it is tested & authenticated by the Assay Office.  

Any item being sold in the UK as a precious metal must meet a legal standard of the pure metal vs alloys.  

Items are exempt from hallmarking if they fall below a certain total metal weight (excluding stones or non metal parts) 
Silver under 7.78 grams. Gold under 1.0 gram. Palladium under 1.0 gram. Platinum under 0.5 grams.

To prove to the customer that they are paying for the metal as advertised, each item is tested & stamped with appropriate marks to indicate the metal & its fineness.   

From 1st January 1999 all hallmarks in the UK required 3 compulsory marks:

1) Sponsor's Mark - all items made at Rosalyn's Emporium will be stamped with my RE mark. 

2) Standard mark - this proves the fineness of the metal. Each metal & each fineness of metal has its own mark.  

3) Assay Office mark - all Rosalyn's Emporium items will be sent to the London Assay Office & will be stamped with their symbol which is a Leopard's head. 


Can I buy gift vouchers?  

 Yes! You can purchase Rosalyn’s Emporium gift vouchers for any amount over £50. Gift vouchers can be used to cover the
whole of or a contribution towards 'make your own wedding rings' experience days or any other services & products from Rosalyn’s Emporium.

You will receive a Rosalyn’s Emporium voucher made out to the value of your choice & presented in a gift box & bag. 

Postage is free & I can send it direct to the recipient if you wish. Their address will be shared with Royal Mail for delivery purposes only but no one else. 

Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue for general purchases.

If vouchers are purchased for a 'make your own wedding rings' experience day the consultation meeting must take place within
6 months of the voucher’s date of issue. The experience day itself must take place within 12 months of the voucher's date of issue.​ 

Refunds can not be offered if a voucher is not used in full before the 12 months period. 

When & how do we receive our finished items?

Wedding rings made during an experience day will be available within a minimum of 2 weeks of the experience day date if they are Gold & only being hallmarked. Engraving & rhodium plating can take  from 2  - 5 weeks each depending on requirements & how busy my suppliers are. 

If you require the wedding rings sooner it may be possible for me to take them personally to the London Assay Office for
an 'One Hour' service.  This will incur additional charges of £60 for my travel & extra cost to upgrade from the standard hallmarking option. 

Engraving & rhodium plating can take place after your wedding day but of course you would need to be without them for a further 2 - 5 weeks so possibly not ideal.

Bespoke comissions can differ greatly in terms of completion dates so it is best to advise me of what you want & when you need it by so I can decide if it is possible. I will not accept a comission if I think I do not have enough time to finish it perfectly for you. 

Once I have confirmed your items are completed you are welcome to collect in person or I can post them to you using the Royal Mail Special Delivery service to an address of your choice. I will let you know when they are ready to be posted so you know when to expect them. 

Week day special delivery is £9. Weekend delivery is £15. (September 2018)